Best evidence for best therapies in osteoarthritis

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Posted on 06 May 2011

Professor Krysia Dziedzic, Primary Care Health Sciences at Keele, will deliver the final lecture in the University's programme of Inaugural Lectures for 2010/11, on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, in the Westminster Theatre on the Keele University campus. The title of her lecture is "Best evidence for best therapies in osteoarthritis ".

Professor Dziedzic explains that there are over 200 different types of arthritis - the most common, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability worldwide, is osteoarthritis. Increases in life expectancy and ageing populations are expected to make osteoarthritis the fourth leading cause of disability by the year 2020. But it’s wrong to believe that osteoarthritis is just part of getting older and that nothing can be done. In 2008, NICE published recommendations for simple and effective treatments for osteoarthritis.
This lecture will illustrate these approaches drawing on research conducted locally. It will chart the development of research into therapies for arthritis in the North West Midlands over the past 20 years and will give examples of how research is being put into practice for the benefit of patients, healthcare professionals and services. It will conclude with how partnerships between researchers, healthcare professionals and patients can provide best evidence for best therapies for osteoarthritis in the future.

Krysia qualified as a physiotherapist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1982. Her clinical career was undertaken in Withington, Sevenoaks, Medway and Rochester Hospitals; and the Staffordshire Rheumatology Centre, the Haywood, Burslem. Krysia completed a PhD at Keele University in 1997 and became a Senior Research Fellow at Keele and West Midlands Physiotherapy Clinical Trialist, a post focussing on enhancing evidence based physiotherapy practice through randomised controlled clinical trials. In 2000 Krysia was appointed Arthritis Research UK Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy. This post was created by the Arthritis Research UK to develop and expand academic activities in research, to provide inspiration and leadership to other allied health professionals, to work in a wider context within research in community rheumatology and to exert an influence at national and international levels.

In 2007 Keele was awarded funding from Arthritis Research UK for their first multi-centre trial of Occupational Therapy exercise and joint protection for people with hand osteoarthritis. Then in 2008, the National Institute of Health Research funded a study to see how best to deliver high quality research in primary care practice for people with osteoarthritis. Krysia works as part of an interdisciplinary research team at Keele that was awarded Arthritis Research UK funding as the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre in 2008 and was recognised in 2009 by the award of a prestigious Queens Anniversary Award to Keele University. Krysia was awarded a personal chair by Keele in 2010.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett. Admission is free; no ticket is required.